MJavier Miley stayed at the Western Wall in Jerusalem for a few minutes on Tuesday. Then he burst into tears. The Argentine President is currently making his first state visit to Israel and met with President Isaac Herzog and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In recent years, Miley has become closer to Judaism, which he also wants to convert to.
Argentina is home to the largest Jewish community in Latin America. Miley wants to show his solidarity with the State of Israel by moving the Argentine embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Evidence of procedural errors
Where his tears came from on Tuesday remains a Miley secret. What is certain is that the situation in Argentina also provides good reasons to complain and cry. Miley has had a severe setback there in the past few days. His comprehensive reform package, which aims to create conditions for the privatization of state enterprises, change hundreds of regulations and measures to reduce government subsidies, has been so completely dismembered in the House of Representatives that it is now being returned to the committee. Hence back to square one.
Milley, whose liberal coalition holds only 38 seats out of 257 seats in the House of Representatives, relies on the support of the bourgeois bloc. The government was prepared to make far-reaching concessions before and during the debate in the House of Commons. For example, the central chapter on fiscal policy was deleted from the law so that it could be dealt with individually at a later date.
In the end, approximately half of the material from the original draft remained. A majority of MPs then approved the comprehensive draft, which Miley and his government celebrated as a success. But in subsequent votes on individual articles, it became clear that MPs had not yet finished trimming the package – and now it goes back to committee.
There are many indications that the return took place only because of a procedural error committed by Maili's inexperienced representatives in Parliament. However, Miley claims that he personally initiated the move. At the same time, he accused opposition lawmakers of treason for opposing reforms he deems necessary to lift Argentina out of its worst economic crisis in decades and curb inflation from more than 200 percent.
On stage X insulted opponents of reforms as part of the political “class”. “We are not ready to negotiate with those who have destroyed the country,” he wrote from Israel. Meanwhile, Miley's government spokesman Manuel Adorni said in his daily press conference on Wednesday that the government is looking for ways to keep the law alive. All constitutional remedies will be examined. “At some point the law will become a reality.” The government is considering, among other things, dividing the law into several individual laws.
Demonstrations and clashes
However, Miley and his government face a difficult political battle of attrition. The House of Representatives is the smaller of the two obstacles that the reform package must overcome. In the Senate, which must also discuss and vote on the issue after deputies approve it, the majority situation is even more damaging. There, Miley's party includes only seven of the 72 senators.
A cold wind is also blowing towards Miley from the street. During the first debate in the House of Commons, there were almost daily demonstrations by left-wing movements and clashes with police in front of Congress. This scenario will soon become common. In order to build popular counter-pressure and gain congressional support for the reforms, the government is also considering the possibility of holding a non-binding referendum.
Until then, Miley may have to rely on higher powers. Maybe that's why he plans to travel to Rome on Friday. There he wants to meet Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni and Pope Francis and participate in the canonization ceremony of Argentine nun María Antonia de Paz y Figueroa.
It remains to be seen whether the Pope will shake hands with his compatriot Miley. After all, Miley insulted the church leader during the election campaign as a “representative of evil” on Earth. After winning the election, he apologized and invited Francis to visit Argentina.
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